Not OK

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Friends: Are you OK? Me: No. “Thinking doesn’t pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.”  ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land A Stranger in a Strange Land is an odd book but a timeless title. A child of earthlings, born on Mars, comes back to earth and tries to engage, to improve things. It does not help. It just makes things weirder for everyone. I do not enjoy living in America. There are things I like, mostly family and some close friends, but there are …

Are you blessed? Do you want to be?

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The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ description of a blessed life. In short, righteousness is blessed. His teaching recorded in Matthew 5 describes genuine righteousness in ways that are often different than what we might expect. Someone who is pursuing unmixed and unhindered righteousness will be persecuted for being different. Peacemaking will be a priority when dealing with conflict, purity of heart will be more important than defending oneself as “good enough” and proactive mercy will dominate their actions instead of reactive demands for justice. In short, righteousness that gets …